ASMAC First WEDNESDAYS: April 4th, 2018

Wednesday, April 4th,2018 ASMAC First WEDNESDAYS presents Sharknado composers Christopher Cano and Chris Ridenhour.

Sharknado producer and co-founder of The AsylumDavid Michael Latt

Film Composer and Event Moderator: Joe Kraemer


Program Highlights

• The composer’s role in small budget films
• Importance of working with a team, and how to project manage each film
• Scoring process from spotting to mix
• Composer, director and producer relationship
• Meeting the expectations of a film production company such as The Asylum
• Tackling a fast-paced production schedule including –
• Working on more than one film at the same time
• Importance of working with a team, and how to project manage each film
• Use of virtual instruments and orchestra
• Use of software and hardware
• Advice for composers: getting started and essential skills
• Gain invaluable career ideas
• Insights from two of today’s hardest working film composers


Since 2009, Christopher Cano and Chris Ridenhour have teamed up to score over a hundred films for production companies such as The Asylum, including the SyFy channel’s famous Sharknado franchise. In 2017 alone their film and video projects included: Sharknado 5: Global Swarming, 5 Headed Shark Attack, Operation Dunkirk, The Wrong Crush, Alien Convergence, Locked Up, CarGo, Sinister Minister, Dream House Nightmare. Forgotten Evil, The Wrong Student, Dream House Nightmare Forgotten Evil, Shockwave,The Wrong Man, Psycho Brother In-Law, A Christmas Cruise, My Christmas Grandpa, A Royal Christmas Ball, Delivering Christmas, The Ugly Christmas Sweater, Troy the Odyssey, and Geo-Disaster.

(For more information, check links above.)

Currently, the composing team is gearing up for the next installment of the Sharknado series, Sharknado 6, to be released this summer.


David Michael Latt is the co-founder of The Asylum, one of the world’s leading brand-oriented motion picture and television studios. With a focus on high-concept, market-driven entertainment, like the SHARKNADO franchise, The Asylum finances, produces and releases 25 films per year through its direct pipeline to the nation’s top retailers and its network of international partners. Since its founding in 1997, The Asylum has released more than 500 films and has built a library of over 250 original productions, including top-rated movie premieres for Syfy, Lifetime, AXS TV and Animal Planet networks. In addition, The Asylum is now in production of season 5 of one of Syfy’s top rated scripted show Z NATION, a critically-acclaimed action-horror series, and a new Netflix original series, BLACK SUMMER coming out in 2019.


Joe Kraemer Composer for over 100 films, 40 of those just for the Hallmark Channel. Films include: The Way Of The Gun, Jack Reacher, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Dawn Patrol, John Putch’s The Poseidon Adventure, A Time To Remember, Mystery Woman. Westerns such as Hard Ground, Lone Rider and The Trail To Hope Rose.TV series Femme Fatales, documentary An Unreasonable Man. He recently scored the new Amazon Original Series Comrade Detective and is currently working on music for Creeped Out for CBBC/DHX.

Kraemer frequently does Masterclasses in composition for media for various colleges and organizations. With extensive teaching experience Joe will moderate the program and help bring out the essential information that you will want to learn.


Wednesday. 4/4/18

7:00 pm Meet and Greet –  7:30 Program 

Valley College – Music Department

5800 Fulton Ave., Valley Glen, CA

(corner of Oxnard and Fulton)

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